• (RP) IPA: /ɪɡˈzɒnəɹeɪt/, /ɛɡ-/
  • (GA) IPA: /ɪɡˈzɑnəˌɹeɪt/, /ɛɡ-/

exonerate (exonerates, present participle exonerating; past and past participle exonerated)

  1. (transitive, now rare) To relieve (someone or something) of a load; to unburden (a load).
  2. (obsolete, reflexive) Of a body of water#Noun|water: to discharge#Verb|discharge or empty#Verb|empty (itself).
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗, partition II, section ii, member 3, page 231:
      I would examine the Caſpian Sea, and ſee where and how it exonerates it ſelfe, after it hath taken in Volga, Iaxares, Oxus, and thoſe great rivers; at the mouth of Oby, or where?
  3. (transitive) To free#Verb|free from an obligation, responsibility or task.
  4. (transitive) To free from accusation or blame#Noun|blame.
    Synonyms: acquit, exculpate, Thesaurus:acquit
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  1. (archaic) Freed from an obligation; freed from accusation or blame; acquitted, exonerated#Adjective|exonerated.

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